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Palace backs PNP chief: He has moral ascendancy

Malacañang on Wednesday came to Director General Alan Purisima’s defense, describing his Senate testimony as “truthful” and saying he still had the “moral ascendancy” over the Philippine National Police despite allegations of corruption.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

PNP chief buys P4M Prado for P1.5M

The country’s top policeman, who will be subjected to a lifestyle check like the rest of his men, last year bought for P1.5 million on government salary a sport utility vehicle worth P4 million.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ong offered to retire to preempt SC–Leonen

Dismissed Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong tried to influence the Supreme Court by offering to retire at a time when his fate was being decided by the high court magistrates for his alleged links with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is alleged to be the mastermind of the P10-billion congressional pork barrel scam.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace disowns ‘mystery’ print ad

Malacañang on Tuesday disowned paid newspaper advertisements seeking at least 8 million signatures to urge President Aquino to make a “sacrifice” and seek a second term.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Public opinion is our only weapon vs rise in kidnap cases’

Some improvements in the antikidnapping campaign were observed in previous years, but kidnapping cases recently increased, according to Teresita Ang-See, founding chair of Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO).

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »


We stand in Central

The stirring images of prodemocracy protesters weathering tear gas and pepper spray fired by riot police on Sunday in Hong Kong tug at the heart of Filipinos of a certain generation.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »


Why is foreign investment so low? It’s the lowest compared to our neighbors, yet we have as much or more to offer.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Political ferment in Hong Kong

When the British government returned Hong Kong to China in July 1997—the “handover,” as it was then called—what was transferred was not just a piece of land, but the political administration of the people living there. Land is inert, but people are not. They have memory, identity, aspirations—and, hopefully, the will to act on the basis of these. It is important to keep this in mind in any attempt to understand what is happening in Hong Kong today.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gone to the dogs

Finally appearing before the Senate committee on peace and order Tuesday after having previously snubbed its summons, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima admitted the widespread corruption in the PNP, said he was “ashamed” of this state of affairs, and vowed to correct the situation regardless of who’s involved: “Hinding-hindi po ako papayag na magkakaganun. Hindi na uubra ang mag modus operandi nila, ‘yan ang pinatigil ko at patuloy kong babantayan kahit sino man ang tamaan.”

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sour grapes

Salcedo Auctions lived up to its “praise releases” recently by setting new auction records in the Rare Books department. Last month a first edition of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” published in Berlin in 1887, was put on the block with an estimate of P300-350,000; it sold at a whopping hammer price of P6 million. If you add the buyer’s premium and the value-added tax, the actual price paid was P7 million—the highest ever paid for a Philippine book.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »


BSP downplays impact of peso slide

Central bank chief Amando M. Tetangco Jr. shrugged off fears that the peso’s recent weakness would destabilize consumer price movements, citing structural improvements in the economy that have made the country less susceptible to external shocks.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

BCDA to appeal SC ruling on sale of Bonifacio lot

State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority is set to file a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court to contest an earlier high court ruling, which prevented the government agency from bidding out the development of the 33.1-hectare Bonifacio South Pointe property in Taguig.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Global hotel chains expanding in PH

Integrated resort and gaming developer Travellers International Hotel Group expects to open two new luxury hotels—355-room Hilton and 390-room Sheraton—at Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Newport City by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

PSEi up slightly

Local stocks slightly firmed up Monday as selective month-end and quarter-end window-dressing activities offset the dumping of telecom shares.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

PLDT to hike capex spending in ’15

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country’s biggest telecommunications provider, is looking at a bigger capital spending next year as it continued to expand its network capabilities and coverage, a company official said on Friday.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »


Two bronzes by jins; 3 boxers gain semifinals

Veteran Samuel Morrison and Asian Games first-timer Ronna Ilao ended the country’s wait for medals, reeling in bronze medals each in the taekwondo competitions at faraway Ganghwa Dolmens Stadium, even as boxing produced the promise of two more medals at the 17th edition of the quadrennial competition here.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Asian Games,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Azkals tackle Malaysians Oct. 11

Badly needing matches to improve cohesion, the Philippines continues its buildup for the AFF Suzuki Cup with a showdown against Malaysia on Oct. 11 at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

Wild and woolly Wednesday

Riding on a second chance, Ateneo and Far Eastern University hope that everything will click this time in their bid to nail championship berths in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Basketball,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos and Videos,UAAP | Read More »

Boxing bet Suarez secures 5th PH medal

Charly Suarez provided the Philippines a relief from the burn of medal-less days, rousing from a fever in the morning to dominate his Iraqi foe and assure the country of at least a boxing bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games here.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Amateur,Asian Games,Boxing / MMA,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos and Videos | Read More »

China sends Gilas Pilipinas to worst Asian Games finish

After winning its first World Cup game in four decades, the Philippines slumped to its worst basketball finish in the Asian Games.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Asian Games,Basketball,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »


I own a hedgehog, or is it the other way around?

The first thing you need to know about owning a hedgehog is that you don’t really own your hedgehog—in fact, on most days, it will feel like your hedgehog owns you.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Parenting,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Milo Naval’s Binalot Chair

Furniture designer Milo Naval is in a phase in his career when design bears a social conscience—and wit.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

If these stones could talk

Suiseki is a Japanese word which means water (sui) and stones (seki). It is derived from the word sansui-seki, which means stone with a total landscape or scenery, or depiction of an object, such as animal, plant, popular person or figure and the like. It originated in China and was introduced in Japan by the Buddhist monks in the 15th century.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

The healing power of flowers

Michael, an American businessman, went to chiropractor-physician, homeopath and botanist Brent Davis, complaining about tensions in the shoulder, neck and jaw and sleepless nights. Instead of adjusting the bones and the spine, Davis, a proponent of floral remedies, realigned his energies.   Michael revealed that in the past two months, he had a falling out […]

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Fatty liver now an epidemic

Except for the time Boy Abunda was diagnosed with liver abscess that required him to undergo surgery and to take weeks off from his hosting duties on “The Buzz” and “Aquino and Abunda Tonight,” little attention has been given to this hardworking yet often neglected organ.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »


The girl who would be Kim

And it has happened again. Twenty-five years after the first worldwide search for Kim in 1989, for the original production of “Miss Saigon,” another one was held to find another young lady to play that same role for the revival of that same show. The list of similarities between the two young ladies is eerie. To start with, they are the same height (5’ 3”) and share the same zodiac sign (Pisces) and a love for video games.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery | Read More »

No use bashing her; she doesn’t care

Singer-TV host Toni Gonzaga says the constant dose of bashing she gets from netizens no longer gets her goat. When her detractors recently took to social networking sites to voice out displeasure about Toni being one of the new endorsers of a beauty brand, all she could say to herself was, “It’s nothing new.”   […]

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Entertainment Stories | Read More »

Roaring applause for a Legend

One of his earliest shows, John Legend recounted, was in a small live-music venue where he played for an audience of three. “Five, if you count the bartenders,” he said on Friday night during his concert at Smart Araneta Coliseum, drawing laughter from the crowd of, this time around, thousands.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Latest Entertainment Stories | Read More »

Cris Villonco: Sprint from Tondo to Toronto

One fine day, Cris Villonco received a text from Bibeth Orteza, scriptwriter and wife of filmmaker Carlos Siguion-Reyna—the young actress’ uncle and director in the 2014 Cinemalaya Jury Prize winner “Hari ng Tondo” (opens today in cinemas).

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Indie Films | Read More »

Mean girl’s minion spreads gossip about beautiful rival

There’s a rumor spreading in Tinseltown: Right before stardom beckoned, Beautiful Celeb was forced to turn tricks. BC turned her back on this occupation once she hit the show biz jackpot. But the past came back to haunt her.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »